Although beds and mattresses were once expensive but they’re now less expensive.
How do we Test Mattresses
The most popular size is queen-sized. They measure 60 inches wide and 80 inches long. For your convenience the typical dimensions of King mattresses are 76×80 inches; California king is 72×84 inches; full or double is 53×75, twin 38×75. Every mattress is tested with an array of tests in the laboratory. Additionally, we use small and large human subjects to assess the mattress’s support for a range of body types including those who rest on their sides or backs. To mimic a person turning over 8-10 years, we have an automated machine that moves a 308-pound wooden roller across the mattress 3000 times.
Our scientific ratings for support are an excellent indicator of how comfortable you might sleep on your mattress. We also provide satisfaction and comfort scores from people who have used our mattresses for up to 10 years.
Based on recent surveys in the past, our comfort and satisfaction ratings were based on data gathered over the past decade from CR members who have used more than 74,000 mattresses.
Comparing The Types
There are a variety of options to choose from and you could be overwhelmed by all the prices. The good thing is that prices can be outrageously expensive or even low. Our research has shown that you only need to spend around $1,000 for a supportive, comfortable mattress. These are the main kinds you’ll see:
Some mattress manufacturers make use of latex, while other manufacturers use polyurethane. Many mattress manufacturers use polyurethane to make their foam layers. However, some could use latex.
The mattresses of the past are constructed from steel coils and are available in various configurations.
You can adjust this type of mattress to suit your needs in terms of firmness by attaching an electric pump to it.
The Myths of the Mattress
Our tests didn’t support the common claims:
The 600-1000 coils that make up the Best Innerspring models.
Gel can provide cool sleep. Nearly half of our innerspring mattresses (referenced in our mattress reviews), contain an infusion of foam that is infused with gel. While the gel-infused foam layer claims to provide cooling properties, innerspring mattresses that have gel-infused foam slept cooler than mattresses that don’t.
There are two typesof mattresses: hybrid and innerspring mattresses. They may contain multiple layers of foam in addition to the layer of springs. Hybrid innerspring mattress are not always superior to other types of mattresses like those with adjustable foam.
You don’t have to worry about Comparative Shopping
You’ll likely receive a similar mattress if you purchase an item from one retailer however, you can request it at another. While some mattress manufacturers provide a small selection of models, these are typically only available through major retailers like Macy’s as well as Mattress Firm. Manufacturers don’t publish a list of similar mattresses.
Refer to our ratings and make sure you choose the brand and model that performed well in our tests.
View our mattress store ratings from the Consumer Reports 2020 Winter Survey. The survey saw 405 members of the CR reported on their mattress purchases for 2019 and in the initial three months of 2020.
Tips for Shopping for Mattresses
It is best to lay on the mattress prior to purchasing.
Check the Return Policy. Check if the retailer offers a full return or credit towards another mattress. Comfort assurances, also known as return times, may range from a few weeks to 120 days. Sears and Macy’s both charge a 15% restocking fee. If you need an exchange or return the seller may provide free pickup. If you do not pay the entire price or must transport the mattress to Macy’s to pick it up, Macy’s will charge $85 to pick up the mattress.
Haggle After you have settled on a deal, try to try to negotiate a price reduction. Warehouse clubs as well as other businesses have fixed prices that will not alter. For specialty retailers, huge markups enable them to lower their prices by as much as 50% in sales that are frequent. Our advice is to ensure that you get the best price you have seen for the mattress that you are interested in at any time of the year. You can always walk away if you aren’t satisfied.
Do not be forced to purchase a spring. If your spring is solid and undamaged and is not in need of repair, you might not require it. This can help you save between $150 and $300 on a queen mattress.
The Warranty may be extended to as long as 10 years. It covers manufacturing defects such as loose or stretched coil wires.
Don’t accept delivery until you’ve checked the mattress and the box spring for any stains or damages. Before you give the driver keys, be sure the mattress’s label declares that it’s “all-new material“. If it is not, refuse delivery the label isn’t present. Keep it in your possession in case the need arises to file an eventual warranty claim. You should inspect the mattress immediately after it has been removed from the box if you purchased a mattress-in box. If the mattress appears dirty or appears to have defects, you should contact the customer service right away. If the representative from customer service is in need of proof of damage, take several photos using your smartphone.
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Brands of Mattresses
We’ve compiled an inventory of the most accessible and well-known mattress brands.
Casper Denver Mattress Novaform Original Mattress Mattress Factory SealySeta Mattress Number Tempurpedic Tufts & Needle
Beautyrest (formerly Simmons) has two collections: Beautyrest Black and Beautyrest Hybrid. Beautyrest Platinum and Beautyrest Platinum are the main lines of Beautyrest.
Casper mattresses are currently available online with free shipping. Casper mattresses can be purchased online, but the company only has showrooms located in New York City and Los Angeles. However, the company offers the option of a 100-night trial that is unlimited and no-hassle return.
Denver Mattress, a regional retailer, owns its own manufacturing facilities. The company started out making waterbeds. Today, it manufactures adjustable innerspring, air and special mattresses. They are available on the internet, and within close proximity to 100 retail shops across the United States.
Novaform is an memory mattress, mattress topper and pillow made of Innocor Comfort (formerly Sleep Innovations) and can be purchased exclusively at Costco.
Original Mattress Factory makes its own foam and innerspring mattresses, and distributes them to nine US states. However, the company will not accept returns. However, you can exchange your mattress for a cheaper model within a year. It will however allow customers to return their mattress for 25 percent less than the cost of the more expensive model. It’s also among our top recommendations for readers.
Sealy is the largest producer of mattresses. It makes the Bassett and Sealy brands as well as the Stearns & Foster brand. Sealy is well-known for its Posturepedic collection of back-friendly and orthopedic mattresses. Sears and other sleep specialty stores, as along with furniture retailers sell the national brand. Sealy models are available at a variety of prices. Prices vary from $500 for a queen-sized mattress up to upwards of $4,000 for a mattress made of foam. The price of a pillowtop that is plush (queen-only) could be anything between $800 and $3,000.
Serta is the most well-known brand of mattresses and is available at major stores like Sears and sleep specialty chains as well as furniture stores. The prices can range from $200 for a queen-sized beginning-level mattress up to $3,000 for a Cool Action model with memory-foam.
Select Comfort’s popular Sleep Number adjustable air beds feature DualAir technology. It allows the user to alter the firmness of each side of the mattress. The entry-level C2 queen set costs $900, while the m9 model has memory foam as well as remote controls. The brand is sold in 410 stores and online. In our most recent survey of more than 49,000 Consumer Reports customers, Sleep Number was highly rated for overall satisfaction.
Tempur-Pedic is the biggest specialty sleep company. The GrandBed ranges from $6,000 to $6,000.
Tuft & Needle provides a 100-night trial trial that is free.